The Governor's Commission on Child Support will conduct public hearings this summer to gather input on potential changes to South Dakota's child-support guidelines and related statutes.
The commission is conducting its required four-year review of South Dakota's child-support guidelines and is comprised of representatives of custodial and non-custodial parents, family law attorneys, the Judiciary, Legislature, and Department of Social Services. The commission may recommend changes that reflect adjustments in the costs of raising children, paternity establishment and disestablishment processes and presumptions, and other issues with related statutes. The commission will submit its report and recommendations to Gov. Dennis Daugaard by Dec. 31, 2012, to be considered during the 2013 legislative session.
In the Pierre area, members of the public can attend the hearing on Monday, June 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. CDT in Conference Room 3, located on the first floor of the Kneip Building, 700 Governors Drive. Members of the public from the Aberdeen area are invited to take part in the Commission on Child Support hearing by going to the Dakota Digital Network (DDN) Studio at Northern State University, in Room 117 of the Library Building, 1200 South Jay Street.
Public hearings will also be held on Monday, July 2, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. MDT in the Lincoln Room at the Ramkota Hotel, 2111 N. LaCrosse Street, Rapid City, and Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. CDT in the Palisades rooms 1 & 2 at the Holiday Inn City Centre, 100 W. 8th Street, Sioux Falls.
The hearings are not intended for specific comments or to address complaints involving individual child-support cases or visitation. Discussions during the public hearings will be limited to potential changes to the child-support guidelines and statutes.
Written comments or suggestions may also be submitted for consideration by the full commission by mailing them to the Department of Social Services, Attn: Child Support Commission, 700 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2291 or by e-mailing DCS@state.sd.us.
The commission's final report will be available on the DSS website: http://dss.sd.gov/